In case you just tuned in, I’m exploring a series of photos taken in 1957 of a wedding between two men. The photo shop refused to return the photos, which were saved by a store employee and sold on EBay many years later. The ONE Archives also received copies of the images and is trying to identify the men in the pictures. Before looking at the gents and the ceremony, I thought it would be helpful to examine the decor of the home where the event took place.
We have another shot of the tidy home, presumably somewhere in Philadelphia.
The first thing I noticed was the fancy radio in the corner. I’m not really sure what it’s doing up there, but there it is.
I can’t be positive, but the radio appears to be a Grundig, possibly a model 1040.
Here’s a similar model listed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 1957. Adjusted for inflation, this radio cost $1,534.26 in 2019 dollars. So it’s fairly clear that whoever lives here has that sort of money and cares enough about music to indulge in a fairly exotic radio.
Then we have more artwork. Lots more artwork.
These two artworks seem to be part of a set with the picture of the Colonial seamstress in yesterday’s post.
Also we have six pictures in another style – possibly buildings. And what appears to be a portrait in the center. All carefully framed.
And those lamps. If they don’t scream “mid-century” I don’t know what does.
To be continued.
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It looks like the weird architectural area where the radio lives is a staircase that was built over. I think it’s an apartment converted from a house or somesuch.
Good idea. Thanks!
A little image diddling shows horizontal trim bands on the case, so I suggest the radio is a Braun rather than a Grundig. FWIW, which is not much 🙂
Thanks! I wasn’t positive that it was a Grundig but it seemed to be in that style. Definitely not a GE, RCA, etc. I thought it might have been a Zenith Transoceanic, but that’s wrong too.
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